Hrensko Things to Do
After passing through the markets, I came out in a square where the Church of St. John of Nepomuk was standing. Out the front stood the statue of St. John. The Church was built between 1786-87 in late Baroque style with a wooden bell tower, on the orders of Emperor Joseph II who stopped here in 1779 while taking a trip to Decín. It was painted pink...more
As usual, the Tourist Information centre is a good place to start with first.The centre at Hrensko is in a lovely old building at the entrance way to Hrensko village itself.They do have a free guidebook containing information about the most interesting places in the region and important contact information. THE CENTRE IS OPEN April - October:...more
I saw the channel in Hrensko and thought it was just that, I didn't realize it was actually the Kamenice River which starts near Decin in the Lusatian Mountains and then flows through the national park of Bohemian Switzerland and into the River Elbe at Hrensko. Don't be fooled by it here in the village where it isn't much, for further along the...more
UPDATE: Like the whole town Hrensko, the restaurant was hit hard by the flood in 2012. The restaurant is not open yet, and I'm not sure it'll reopen at all. Coming back from the long hike we still had some time to kill and decided to have a meal at a restaurant in Hrensko. My friend suggested this place which he knew from back in the 1990s. For...more
Right at the No. 1 sight in the area, the sandstone arch "Pravcicka Brana" is a kiosk where they sell snacks and beverages. I saw they have beer, cola, sprite and limo, and "original Thuringian (!) Bratwurst" plus ice-cream.Prices are outrageous for Czech standards, even more expensive than at most places on the German side of the border. Since it...more
1 Hotels in Hrensko
There are a few different ways of reaching Hrensko.We came by car, so upon reaching Hrensko, we had to find a carpark. There were a couple, one was behind the "Klepac" restaurant, [fee] and the other was near the "Mezní Louka" hotel, both of which are starting points for trips to Pravèická Brána (parking is not permitted anywhere else except at...more
Hrensko has no train station, but you easily reach the train station of Schöna/Germany by ferry, just across the Elbe river. This train station is served by commuter trains S1 that run Schöna - Dresden - Meissen. Hourly service until late night.The regional trains Decin/CZ - Bad Schandau/Germany also stop in Schöna, bi-hourly service, about 10...more
Another option to get to Hrensko is by bus, which runs from Decin via Hrensko and even farther up to the National Park: stops are the trail head to the canyons, the lower trail head to the sandstone arch "Pravcicka brana", the upper trail head to the sanstone arch, Mezna Louka, and Mezna, a tiny village on a plateau with views and hiking...more
Previously I had read about the market stalls in Hrensko. As I enjoy a good market, a stop here was a must.
Well, I was very happy to see the many stalls lining both sides of the roadway. They were permanent and open for business, trouble was - where were the people, there weren't any!
Oh well, I walked the gauntlet and I was hardly pestered.
I was terribly disappointed! Instead of finding stalls selling Czech and German products, the stalls were manned by Vietnamese selling their stuff, mainly clothing, cheap trinkets, tools, clothes, pirated music and videos. I could have been in Vietnam!
All of this I can buy at home at one of their many stalls. The products are usually cheap and not good quality, what you pay for is what you get!
So, if you coming here looking for genuine items from that country, this IS NOT FOR YOU.
I think this market really spoils what is a beautiful scenic destination!
Hrensko Sports & Outdoors
If you want to see the canyon of the Kamenice river and the sandstone arch "Pravcicka Brana" in one day then there's only one way: A long and quite exhausting hike that requires an early start.We arrived by train and ferry in Hrensko at 9 am. For the first part of the hike see the previous tip (pics 1, 2). Instead of going up to Mezna you follow...more
You can see the canyon of the Kamenice river with an easy and not too exhausting hike. The classic start is in Hrensko, but if you rather walk downhill you can take the bus to Mezna and start there.Follow the main street to the start of the trail head, about 1.5 km from the ferry station (pic 1). From there on the trail runs along the small river...more
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